Will Gluck sets projects at Fox, ABC

Writer-producer lands deals for two comedies

Veteran comedy writer-producer Will Gluck has lined up a couple of half-hour projects.

At Fox, he has a Sony TV-produced single-camera comedy about a construction crew.

"It's 'The Office' from a blue-collar point of view," Gluck said. "Throughout one season, we will go to someone's real house; we'll tear it up and build it up again."

Construction is a popular setting in this year's development. CBS has handed a put pilot commitment to a drama exec produced by Shawn Ryan that is based on the book "Confessions of a Contractor."

Gluck said that the interest is tied to the rough economic environment. "People are not buying to sell but to live," he said. "It's a nesting syndrome; they are fixing their houses to live in them."

Additionally, ICM-repped Gluck has "The Frozen Family," about an organic frozen-food family business, at ABC. The hybrid multicamera comedy from CBS Par and DreamWorks TV, sold before the strike, has been rolled over. He also supervises Rob Roy Thomas, who is penning a project for Sony TV.

Gluck's main focus for the past year has been on his feature directorial debut, the Sony/Screen Gems comedy "Fired Up," set for a March release.
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